Top 100 Favorite Songs of 2021

Link to playlist of this list: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2mkE1nemb6BGUFk5Z19e8g?si=9951ac949e6a4d20

Extended playlist of other songs I liked in 2021: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6LoFm7R7VbVbtnFj4YqZDm?si=a7d416973e7149e2

With 2020 being a fantastic year for music to me, I came into 2021 fully expecting myself to not enjoy as much music as I did in 2020. I think this was due to most of my favorite artists releasing albums last year, so I wasn't anticipating as many albums as I did in 2020. However, as 2021 progressed, I realized how wrong I was because 2021 was another fantastic year for music. There were many new artists/bands I didn't discover until this year, with some of my favorites I found this year being Magdalena Bay, Jail Socks, Genesis Owusu, Little Simz, Turnstile, Squid, and Olivia Rodrigo.

For this list, I do have a few rules:
1. I don't have a limit on how many songs an artist can have on this list. However, I do have another list I made where I only allow one song per artist, so there's more of a variety. Here's a link to that list: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/mollycarver/list/63386/top-100-favorite-songs-of-2021-one-song-per-artist/
2. Songs released as singles in 2020, but are on albums released in 2021 are only eligible for this list if they weren't on my list from last year.
3. Any single released in 2021 or any song on an album released in 2021 is eligible for this list.
4. Non-singles are in the description.
5. New rule: Taylor Swift's re-recordings of her original songs are not eligible for this list, but her songs from the vault are eligible since they were previously unreleased.

Artists/bands with the most appearances on this list:
6 - Citizen
5 - Wolf Alice, Origami Angel
4 - Magdalena Bay, Silk Sonic, Adele
3 - Tyler, the Creator, Little Simz, Lorde, Jail Socks, Fiddlehead, Olivia Rodrigo

Thanks for checking out my list!

Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)
1.
Country Pop | 🇺🇸

"All Too Well" has always been my favorite Taylor Swift song and also one of my all-time favorite songs. Considered her magnum opus by many of her fans and myself, I didn't think there was anything that could top the original. Taylor proves me wrong by releasing this 10 minute version and taking us all on an emotional ride through her incredible storytelling that makes you actually feel like you're right there with her. I normally am not a huge fan of long songs, but the pacing in the song is so wonderfully done that it doesn't feel drawn out. I had no doubt in my mind this would be my song of the year for 2021.
Magdalena Bay - Secrets (Your Fire)
2.
Synthpop/Dance-Pop | 🇺🇸
Citizen - Blue Sunday
3.
Post-Punk-Revival/Alternative Rock | 🇺🇸
Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
4.
86
Synthpop/Dance-Pop | 🇺🇸

4. "The Beginning"

94: "Dawning of the Season"
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
5.
Pop Punk/Alternative Pop | 🇺🇸
Genesis Owusu - Don’t Need You
6.
Neo-Soul/Funk Pop | 🇦🇺
Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
7.
Pop Soul/Neo-Soul/R&B | 🇺🇸
Porter Robinson - Musician
8.
Electropop/Synthpop | 🇺🇸
Wolf Alice - Delicious Things
9.
Indie Rock | 🇬🇧
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
10.
85
Hip Hop/R&B/Neo-Soul | 🇺🇸

"SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE"
Adele - 30
11.
81
Pop Soul | 🇬🇧

11: "Love Is A Game"

38: "Hold On"

40: "I Drink Wine"
Little Simz - Woman
12.
Conscious Hip Hop/Neo-Soul | 🇬🇧
Squid - Narrator
13.
Post-Punk/Dance Punk/Experimental Rock | 🇬🇧
Lorde - Mood Ring
14.
Folk Pop/Indie Pop | 🇳🇿
Boy Hero - Fine Dining
15.
Pop Punk/Emo | 🇺🇸
Tigers Jaw - Hesitation
16.
Indie Rock/Pop Punk/Emo | 🇺🇸
Boston Manor - Algorithm
17.
Post-Hardcore/Alternative Rock | 🇬🇧
Citizen - Life In Your Glass World
18.
90
Post-Punk-Revival/Alternative Rock | 🇺🇸

18: "Death Dance Approximately"

27: "Pedestal"

77: "Thin Air"
Dayglow - Close To You
19.
Indie Pop | 🇺🇸
Magdalena Bay - You Lose!
20.
Synthpop/Dance-Pop | 🇺🇸
Origami Angel - Neutrogena Spektor
21.
Pop Punk/Emo | 🇺🇸
FKA twigs - tears in the club
22.
(feat. The Weeknd)

Alternative R&B/Electropop | 🇬🇧 🇨🇦
Silk Sonic - Smokin Out The Window
23.
Pop Soul/Neo-Soul/R&B | 🇺🇸
Inhaler - It Won't Always Be Like This
24.
Indie Rock/Post-Punk Revival | 🇮🇪
Mom Jeans. - What's Up?
25.
Pop Punk/Emo | 🇺🇸
Turnstile - BLACKOUT
26.
Post-Hardcore/Hardcore Punk | 🇺🇸
Jail Socks - Coming Down
27.
83
Pop Punk/Emo | 🇺🇸

28: "Caving In"

71: "Spinning"
Capital Theatre - People
28.
Alternative Rock | 🇳🇿
Little Simz - Introvert
29.
Conscious Hip Hop | 🇬🇧
We Were Sharks - Problems
30.
Pop Punk | 🇨🇦
Fiddlehead - Heart to Heart
31.
Post-Hardcore/Indie Rock/Emo | 🇺🇸
Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
32.
86
Pop Soul/Neo-Soul/R&B | 🇺🇸

33: "Put On A Smile"

61: "After Last Night (with Thundercat & Bootsy Collins)"
Grayscale - Umbra
33.
82
Alternative Rock/Indie Pop/Pop Punk | 🇺🇸

34: "Bad Love"

74: "Motown"
Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u
34.
Pop Rock/Pop Punk | 🇺🇸
Arlo Parks - Caroline
35.
Neo-Soul/Indie Pop/Bedroom Pop | 🇬🇧
SZA - Good Days
36.
Neo-Soul/Alternative R&B | 🇺🇸
37.
Psychedelic Folk | 🇳🇿
Lucy Dacus - Brando
38.
Singer-Songwriter/Indie Pop | 🇺🇸
Wolf Alice - Smile
42.
Indie Rock | 🇬🇧
Sycco - My Ways
43.
Electropop | 🇦🇺
SZA - I Hate U
44.
R&B | 🇺🇸
State Champs - Just Sound
45.
Pop Punk | 🇺🇸
Trash Boat - Silence Is Golden
46.
Pop Punk/Alternative Rock | 🇬🇧
Indigo De Souza - Kill Me
48.
Indie Rock/Indie Pop | 🇺🇸
Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
49.
73
Singer-Songwriter/Alternative Pop | 🇺🇸

"If You Lie Down With Me"
Aries - DITTO
50.
Pop Rap/Alternative Pop | 🇺🇸
Citizen - Black and Red
51.
Post-Punk-Revival/Alternative Rock | 🇺🇸
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